TownsWeb Archiving Blog

How to market and promote your Business Archive

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Every organisation has a different reason for marketing and promoting its archive. For a new archive, these activities might be associated with establishing the archive as a service, developing the collections and justifying investment in staff, resources, digitisation etc. This was the case with the Peel Group, which prior to […]

5 Most popular Archives and Digitisation blog posts of 2016

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We published 26 fresh blog posts during 2016 exploring all things archives, heritage and digitisation. The diverse topics covered included everything from advice on putting together HLF funding applications, to using Instagram to promote your collections and how to digitise oversize archive items. Not to mention guest posts from archivists, […]

Introduction to using Instagram to promote archive collections

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If you have yet to discover how Instagram can help to promote your archive, and specifically your digitised collections, then this blog post is for you. Using Instagram to share archive material is not only easy to use and cheap (free in fact – the only cost is a small […]

How to Digitise… Large format Maps, Plans and more

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When digitising oversize archival items – such as maps, architectural plans, posters, registers and artworks – the challenges can be as unique and expansive as the items themselves. The sheer size of large format items can make them prone to damage if not handled and supported correctly, and can make […]

Getting stakeholder Buy-in for your digitisation project

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Archive digitisation projects can require a lot of resources – staff/volunteers, equipment, time, and of course financial resources. This is particularly true if you choose to carry out your project entirely in-house, but also to a lesser extent even if you partner with an external digitisation provider. So whichever way […]

Developing a successful HLF funding bid for your archive project: Essential tips

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The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) funds a vast array of projects. I’m exceedingly lucky as an HLF appointed Expert Advisor for Community and Learning, as I get to work on projects that are as diverse as the redevelopment of the National Maritime Museum and the development and delivery of the […]

Digitisation & Religious Archives – RAG 2016 review

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Digitisation and Religious Archives was the theme of this year’s Religious Archives Group (RAG) annual conference, which I was lucky enough to attend at a sun-drenched Canterbury Cathedral earlier this week. Led by head of Archives and Library at Canterbury Cathedral, Cressida Williams, the day-long event featured five knowledgeable and […]

ARA Digitising your Photographic Collections: event round-up

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On Tuesday, I had the pleasure of attending the Digitising your Photographic Collections event at Westminster Archive Centre, organised by Elspeth Millar and David Baldwin of the ARA’s section for Film, Sound, & Photography (FSPS). The aim of the training event was to share practical, real-world advice with archivists interested […]

Digitisation Project Planning Tool (FREE download)

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When approaching external suppliers to partner with on a digitisation project, or preparing an application for funding, preparing as much information as possible about the collection(s) you want to digitise from minute one can really save time. Not to mention help to accurately forecast project timescales and provide accurate projected costs […]

Free your Orphans: Managing orphan works risk in archives

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An archivist wants to share an image from their archives online. What are the implications of copyright law? The standard answer: either the image is out of copyright and can be used freely, or it is in copyright and can be used only if the rights are held by the […]